Eiko & Koma performed and spoke at the Beate Gordon Memorial, "Celebrating Beate Gordon," on April 28, 2013. The event was co-produced by the Japan Society and the Asia Society of New York City.
It was an amazing day-long event with many artists performing (Margaret Leng Tan, Yin Mei, Sachiyo Ito, just name a few), many distinguished people speaking (Japanese Consulate, Richard Schechner, past and current Directors of both Japan Society and Asia Society, etc), many videos from all over the world projected (SamulNori, Sonia Sotomayor, Yoko Ono, Bob Willson, etc) and a message from Empress Michiko was shared. Both afternoon and evening events were webcasted and watched by many people across the globe. The day ended with an eloquent speech by Beate's son Geoffrey Gordon followed by a splendid reception.
Eiko & Koma are deeply grateful to Rachel Cooper, the director of the performing arts department of the Asia Society, for hosting the memorial and for inviting us to participate in. Family members and many friends of Beate helped to coordinate the event. Many more memorials were held in Japan. 600 people attended the most recent one on May 10 in Tokyo.
Beate was indeed one of a kind and her legacy will live on both as an impresario of Asian performing arts and as a person who drafted and protected the Constitution of Japan.
Read NY Times Obitury
and Beate, Thank you from Eiko & Koma.